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Esserman-Knight Journalism Prize Big Boon To South Florida Journalism

March 09, 2020

MIAMI – Civic and business leaders Ron and Charlene Esserman and their family announced today a new $2.5 million fund to strengthen journalism in South Florida by supporting the reporters whose work has the power to change laws and lives.

The Esserman Family Fund for Investigative Journalism at The Miami Foundation honors the work of local journalists by supporting an annual prize for South Florida’s best accountability reporting, launched in partnership with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. In addition, the fund will support an annual investigative reporting fellowship for early-career reporters at the Miami Herald. Additional fellowships will eventually be offered to other news organizations in South Florida. 

“For all the many years I’ve known them, Ron and Charlene Esserman have been community leaders, passionately committed to the American ideal of a free press. They’ve also known that, to work effectively, communities in a democracy have to have reliable information,” said Alberto Ibargüen, president of Knight Foundation. “Their decision to support and celebrate local, investigative journalism is a natural expression of deeply held values.”

Knight Foundation is providing $250,000 to administer the Esserman-Knight prize.

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